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    March 19, 2013
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celebration at the election of one of their own as pope. in fact, we understand that in churches all across argentina, overnight vigils were held and that they will be praying during this time of the installation. and so she has a new political reality to deal with, as well. >> indeed. pope francis when he was the bu bishop confronted her and her husband at some of the injustices they occurred there and they felt the sting of that. but part of the role a priest is to comfort the afflicted. >> grant we pray all mighty god that by st. joseph's intercession, your church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation. with beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care through our lord jesus christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one
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god forever and ever. amen. the pope and the people are now seated to hear the lord speak to each and every one of us through the written word of holy scripture. the first reading will be from second book of samuel read in the english language. >> a reading from the second book of samuel. the word of the lord came to nathan. go and tell my servant david thus the lord speaks. when your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, i will preserve the offering of your body after you.
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and make his sovereignty secure. it is he who shall build a house for my name and i will make his royal throne secure forever. i will be father to him and he a son to me. your house and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established forever. ♪ >> we now respond to the word we just heard using words that god gives us. >> the works of the catholic church. as bringing young people, they
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organize the world youth days. it came about a great program out of canada. ♪ ♪ >> i will sing forever of your love oh lord through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth, of this i am sure, that your love lasts forever, that your
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truth is firmly established as the heavens. ♪ >> respond his dynasty shall last forever. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ >> in the spanish language. a reading from the letter of st. paul to the romans. >> translator: brothers and sisters, it was not through the law that the promise was made to abraham and his descendents that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that
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comes from faith. for this reason, it depends on faith so it may be a gift. and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendents, not to those who only adhere to the law, but those who follow the faith of abraham, who is the father of all of us. i have made you father of many nations. he is our father in the sight of god who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist. he believed, hoping against hope that he would become the father of many nations. according to what was said, thus shall your descendents be. that is why it was credited to him as righteousness, the word of the lord. thanks be to god. ♪
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>> as the people stand -- ♪ >> we see here, chris, this is a deacon of the catholic church. he will chant the gospel in greek. after arabic, that was the language. this goes back to the early church when the word of god
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would have been in greek. it was to the gentiles. the greeks spoke in rome. >> this is a very important day in the catholic church. this is the feast of st. joseph. >> the feast of st. joseph, we sang the glory, i don't know if the viewers noticed the glory is usually not sung in lent, we are in lent. the universal pay troll of the church. the foster father of jesus. i have a feeling pope francis will talk about st. joseph during his homily. he chose, he would have chosen to have this insulation mass last sunday, but chose to have it coincide with the feast of st. joseph. i'm looking forward to what he has to say.
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st. joseph is such an important saint, but in the bible, he doesn't say any words. we'll see if the pope talks about that during his homily. >> now the reading of the gospel. >> the deacons sang wisdom standing let us sing to the holy gospel, peace be with you. a reading from the holy gospel
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according to matthew. response is praise to you oh lord, praise to you.
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[ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: jacob was the father of joseph, the husband of mary. of her was born jesus who is called the christ. now this is how the birth of jesus christ came about when his mother mary was betrothed to jesus. before they lived together, she
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was found with child through the holy spirit. joseph, her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. such was his intention when behold, the angel of the lord appeared to him in a dream and said, joseph, son of david, do not be afraid to take mary, your wife, into your home. for it is through the holy spirit that this child has been conceived in her. she will bare a son and you are to name him jesus. because he will save his people from their sins.
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when joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. the choir sings "praise to you, oh lord, praise to you." >> now we are waiting for the homily of the holy father. it is indeed a sermon, even at this inaugural mass, but listened to much more carefully. many more people will read it to set the tone for what he believes his papal ministry will be about. i'm joined by an author of "evangelical wisdom." what do you hope to hear from the holy father? >> good morning. pope francis is going to talk
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about a world that has become a bit chilly, a bit utilitarian and he's going to call people back to goodness, to a sense of responsibility for each other, sense of responsibility for creation. he's going to give, i think, a very franciscan homily. this name has become a program in less than a week. we see it in the simplification of the vestments he's wearing, some of the simplification of the ritual. this is a reformer who believes in reform through purification and simplification. i think we are going to hear a bit of that in this homily as well today. this is a pope who, during his time in buenos aires gave issue to what pope benedict xvi called
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human ecology. in it, we have responsibility for each other and he's going to call us to exercise that. >> one of the things we have seen during the early days, we saw it during the audience with the media, he ad libs. he speaks off the cuff. after the ministry of pope benedict, which tended to be scripted, something people found charming and refreshing. >> very christ-like. [ speaking foreign language ]
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>> translator: dear brothers and sisters, i celebrate the holy mass of this ministry on st. joseph, the spouse of the vir gin mary and the papal church. there's a rich and significant coincidence and named of my pred assessor, full of affection and gratitude. i offer a warm greeting to my cardinals and bishops and all the lay faithful. i thank the representatives of the other churches and communities as well as the representatives of the jewish community and the other
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religious communities for their presence. my cordial greetings go to the heads of states and governments, the members of delegations throughout many countries in the world and a diplomatic core. in the gospel, we heard that joseph did as the angel of the lord commanded him and took mary as his wife. these words point to the mission which god entrusts to joseph. he is to be the protector. the protector of whom? of mary and jesus. but this protection is extended to the church as john paul ii pointed out. just as st. joseph took loving
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care to mary. he like wise watches over christ's mystical body, the church of which is virgin mary is the model. how did joseph exercise his role as protector? discreetly, humbly and silently, with an unfailing presence of total fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. from the time of his betrothal to mary and the finding of the 12-year-old jesus in the temple of jerusalem, he is there every moment with loving care, as the spouse of mary, he is at her side in good times and bad. on the journey to bethlehem for
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the senses and in the joyful hours when she gave birth. amid the drama of the flight into egypt and the frantic search for their child in the temple and later in the day-to-day life in the home of nazareth in the workshop where he taught his trade to jesus. how does joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of mary, jesus and the church? by being constantly attentive to god, his presence and receptive to his plans, not simply to his own. this is what god asked of david as we heard in the first reading.
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god does not want a house built by men, but faithfulness to his word, to his plan. it is god, himself, who builds a house, from living stones, sealed by his spirit, joseph is a protector because he is able to hear god's voice and be guided by his will. and for this reason, he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. he can look at things realistically. he is in touch with his surroundings. he can make truly wise decisions. in him, dear friend, we learn how to respond to god's call, readily and willingly. we see the core of the christian vocation, which is christ. let us protect christ in our lives so we can protect others, so that we can protect creation.
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>> the vocation of being a protector is not just involving christians alone. there's a prior dimension to human, involving everyone. it means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world as the book of genesis tells us and st. francis of assisi showed us. it means respecting each of god's creatures and respecting the environment which we live. it means protecting people, showing loving concern for each
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and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need who are often the last we think about. it means caring for one another in our families. husbands and wives first protect one another. then as parents, they care for their children. and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. it means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect and goodness. in the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection and all of us are responsible for
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it. be protectors of god's gifts. when ever human beings fail to live up to this responsibibilir fail to care for our brothers and sisters, we are open to destruction and hearts are hardened. tragically, in every period of history, there are her rods who plot death, wreak havoc and mar the confidence of men and women. please, i would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life and
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all men and women of good will. let us be protectors of creation. protectors of god's plan inscribed in nature. protectors of one another and of the environment. let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world. but to be protectors we have to keep watch over ourselves. let us not forget that hatred, envy and pride defile our lives. being protectors then also means keeping watch over our emotions. over our hearts. because they are the seat of good and evil intentions.
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intentions that build up and tear down. we must not be afraid of goodness or even tenderness. here i would add one more thing. caring, protecting, demands goodness. it calls for a certain tenderness. in the gospel, st. joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart, we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak, but rather a sign of spirit, compassion and concern. for compassion, genuine openness to others for love.
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we must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness. today, together with the feast of st. joseph, we are celebrating the beginning of the ministry of the new bishop of rome, the successor of peter, which also involves a certain power. certainly, jesus christ conferred power upon peter. but what sort of power was it? jesus' three questions to peter were love followed by three commands, feet my lambs, feed my sheep.
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let us never forget that authentic power is service and that the pope, too, when exercising power must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant cu culmonation of the cross. it marked st. joseph. he must open his arms to protect all of god's people. embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especi especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom matthew list in the final judgment of love. the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick and those in prison.
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those who serve will love can protect. in a second reading, st. paul speaks of abraham hoping against hope believed, hoping against hope. today, too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope. and to be men and women who bring hope to others. to protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love is to open a horizon of hope. it is to let a shaft of light breakthrough the heavy clouds. it is to bring the warmth of hope for believers, for us